Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Iglesia Department, 116 km southeast of Vallenar, Huasco, Atacama, Chile, on Saturday, July 19, 1980 at 11:52 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Iglesia Department, 116 km southeast of Vallenar, Huasco, Atacama, Chile, on Saturday, July 19, 1980 at 11:52 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 110 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Jul 19, 1980 11:52:20 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 110.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.997°S / 69.675°W (Iglesia Department, Atacama, Chile)
Antipode: 28.997°N / 110.325°E
Nearest volcano: Incapillo (149 km / 93 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
116 km (72 mi) ESE of Vallenar (Atacama) (pop: 44,900) --> See nearby quakes!
153 km (95 mi) NE of Vicuña (Coquimbo) (pop: 13,500) --> See nearby quakes!
165 km (102 mi) NW of San José de Jachal (San Juan, Argentina) (pop: 21,000) --> See nearby quakes!
183 km (114 mi) NE of La Serena (Coquimbo) (pop: 154,500) --> See nearby quakes!
192 km (120 mi) SSE of Copiapo (Atacama) (pop: 129,300) --> See nearby quakes!
193 km (120 mi) NE of Coquimbo (pop: 161,300) --> See nearby quakes!
231 km (144 mi) NE of Ovalle (Coquimbo) (pop: 77,100) --> See nearby quakes!
278 km (173 mi) W of Rioja (La Rioja, Argentina) (pop: 162,600) --> See nearby quakes!
295 km (183 mi) S of Diego de Almagro (Atacama) (pop: 18,100) --> See nearby quakes!
505 km (314 mi) N of Santiago de Chile (Metropolitana) (pop: 4,837,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
Show interactive Map
[smaller] [bigger]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
If you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable to earthquake science, seismic hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.1110 kmSan Juan, ArgentinaUSGS
Note: for quakes of 2012 and earlier, our database often contains only records from USGS.

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

Aftershocks

[More info]

Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Dec 7, 1980 14:51
41 years ago
4.0

122 km
Departamento de Iglesia, 100 km NW of San José de Jachal, Departamento de Jachal, San Juan, ArgentinaMore
Jul 27, 1980 20:59
42 years ago
4.4

111 km
Departamento de Iglesia, 149 km NW of San José de Jachal, Departamento de Jachal, San Juan, ArgentinaMore

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Try our free app!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Android | iOS version
Why is there advertising on this site?
Support us - Help us upgrade our services!
We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Improved multilanguage support
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Detailed quake stats
  • Additional seismic data sources
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.